Carol Elene Sturdevant
Memorial services for Carol Elene Sturdevant of Cortez are set for Saturday, March 10, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m.
Carol was born to Wayne Wheaton and Mabel Bertina (Ponsness) Gates on Dec. 30, 1924 in Eagle Grove, Iowa. She passed away at the Heart Hospital of New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at the age of 86.
Carol was a devout Christian, a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be missed by many friends and family.
Surviving Carol is her husband, Wendell F. Sturdevant, whom she married in Marshalltown, Iowa on July 14, 1945. Also surviving her are her children; Rick Sturdevant, Ph.D. (Katherine) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Trudy (Larry) of Ft. Collins, Colo., Pamela (Frank) DeFranza of Skokie, Ill., Karen (Karl) Vetter of Fresno, Calif., Edward Sturdevant of Cortez, and Michael (Sharon) Sturdevant of St. Louis, Mo.; and her six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two of her brothers survive her, Wallace (Jackie) Gates of Murrieta, Calif. and Dennis (Barbara) Gates of Mesa, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Paul Gates who passed away just last year.
Memorial contributions can be made with the American Heart Association or to a charity of choice. Memorial service arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home.
Irma June Powell
Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident, Irma June Powell will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Cortez Church of Christ. Burial will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Mr. Hunt Zumwalt will officiate.
Irma, the daughter of Cornelius "Neily" and Vera (Miller) Roe, was born in Brown County, Neb., on June 14, 1931. She passed away at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001. She was 69.
A regular at the Elks Lodge on Thursday nights, Irma loved playing bingo as well as all card games. Reading was a favorite pastime for Irma.
Irma leaves behind a loving and devoted family. She is survived by her husband, Sidney Powell of Cortez; son Brent (Elaine) Powell of Cortez; daughter Roxanne (Grant) Armstrong of Cortez; and her beloved grandchildren, Melissa, Janelle, Brandon, Erin, Elizabeth, and Candace, all of Cortez. A brother Darwin Roe of Fort Collins, Colo.; and two sisters, Lois (Bill) Rutledge and Vada Small, both of Cortez; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends also survive Irma.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Darrel Roe; sister, Lillie Mae James; and twin sisters, LaVonna and LaVerna Roe.
Memorial contributions can be made at the First National Bank of Cortez to benefit the American Heart Association. Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Lucille Ethel Frischie
Interment services will be held at a later date, in Brownstone, Ind., for Lucille Ethel Frischie.
Lucille was born to Earl and Delia (Baugh) Boling on Aug. 12, 1914 in Salem, Ind. She passed away on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home at the age of 86.
Lucille was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed playing bingo and various card games. She was an avid crocheter.
She is survived by her daughter; Dorothy (Daniel) Burn of Dove Creek; son, John Knott of Wabash, Ind.; five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Three sisters also survive her.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband, Edgar F. Frischie; son, "Bud" Lawrence Knott; and four brothers.
Arrangements are being handled by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Edna Sylvia Seitz
Funeral services for Edna Sylvia Seitz, a lifetime resident of Cortez, are scheduled for Thursday, March 1, at the Cortez Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Goodman Point Cemetery. Bishop Mortensen will be conducting the services.
Edna was born on Feb. 15, 1912 in Mancos, to William McEwen and Laura Jane (Bell) Willden. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home at the age of 89.
Edna was known and loved for her domestic skills. She was part of the Dolores River Garden Club and helped to create a recipe book. She kept a beautiful flower garden. She was a help to her husband, McBirney Seitz, as a farmer's wife and also helping in the years that they ran the Trailways Bus Station in Cortez. A highlight in her life came while in her 60's when she and her sister, Harriet, climbed Helmet Peak.
She is survived by her grandchildren; Brad (Keri) Mustoe of Cortez, Clay Mustoe of Cortez, Craig Mustoe, Susan Holt, Brett Mustoe all three of Utah, Aaron Mustoe, Nancy Patt, Cyndi Seitz, Erica Cunningham all four of Calif, Warren Seitz of Mass., David Seitz of Ariz., Scott Seitz of Ill.; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; her husband in 1995; daughter, Charlotte Mustoe; sons, Charles and George Seitz; grandson, Grant Mustoe; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association in care of the Valley Inn Nursing Home, 211 3rd Ave. Mancos, CO 81328. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Opal Ramsey Griggs
Funeral services for longtime Cortez resident, Opal Ramsey Griggs, will be held Monday, February 26, 2001 at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Clinton Smart will officiate.
Opal was born the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Rogers) Lewis in Ripley, Okla., on Sept. 11, 1915. She passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001 at the age of 85.
On July 4, 1939, Opal became the bride of Glenn Daniel Ramsey in Monticello, Utah. To this union were born four sons; Roy, James, Ron, and Ray. Opal was devoted to her family and in her free time she enjoyed making quilts and dolls.
Left behind to mourn Opal's death are her children, James Ramsey of Ely, Nev., Ron (Kay) Ramsey, and Ray (Glenda) Ramsey all of Cortez; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Ramsey of Cortez; and eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by three brothers and their wives Leo (Bobby) Lewis, Clem (Bernice) Lewis all of Cortez, and Frank (Bobby) Lewis of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. Opal was preceded in death by her son, Roy Bruce Ramsey.
Services will be conducted by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Memorial services for Arnola Brians are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Vista Grande Nursing Home Chapel beginning at 2 p.m. Fred Thomas will officiate.
Arnola was the daughter of William Frank and Edith Beldon (Stone) Myers, born on Jan. 17, 1916 in Mildred, Colo. She passed away on Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez. She was 85.
Arnola loved to stay busy and especially enjoyed the activities at the nursing home. She worked as a clerk in retail sales.
She is survived by her children; Nida Ellis of Houston, Tex., Jack Patterson of Sparks, Nev., Nym Patterson of Gettysburg, Penn., Michael Patterson of Reno, Nev., and Patricia Randol of Cortez; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elma Boren and Francis Hutchinson, both of Cortez; sister-in-law, Dorothy Myers of Durango; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Preceding her in death was both of her parents and her husbands, Vernon Brians in 1996 and Chester Patterson in 1985.
Memorial contributions can be made in Arnola Brians' name to the Vista Grande Nursing Home activity fund located at 1221 N. Mildred Rd. in Cortez.
Arrangements are being taken care of by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Graveside services for Flora Cressler are to be held at the Dove Creek Cemetery
on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Pastor Brad Ramsey of the Bethel Baptist Church in Cortez will be officiating.
Flora Cressler was born to John "Jack" and Armella (Dedi) Dumbrick on March 23, 1919 in Monticello, Utah. She passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 at the Vista Grande Nursing Home in Cortez at the age of 81.
Flora was known for her willingness to work diligently. She was a farmer and rancher in the San Juan County most of her adult life.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Arthur Cressler of Summit Point, Utah; sons, Dan (LeAnn) Cressler of Fredonia, Ariz., and RoyDean (Imogene) Cressler of Dove Creek; also surviving her are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; three sisters, Margaret, Grace and Lillian.
Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Robert Emerson Warner
Robert Emerson Warner was born June 30, 1914 to John and Laura (McManmie) Warner in Terre Haute, Ind. He passed away Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos at the age of 86.
Robert shared over 65 years with his beloved wife, Frieda Mae Warner. He faithfully served his country in the armed forces in the Navy during World War II. He worked as a computer operator for General Motors.
He is survived by his wife, Frieda Mae Warner of Lewis; children, Art (Marcia) Warner of Lewis; grandchildren, Suzanne Warner of Minneapolis, Minn. and Stephanie Serff of Aurora, Colo.; and a sister, Margaret Wagner of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There are no services planned at this time for Mr. Warner. Arrangements are being made through the Ertel Funeral Home.
A private family service for Evone Woolery was held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Pastor David Dahl of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiated.
Evone Woolery was the daughter of Russell and Irene (Wold) Selander born on Feb. 16, 1940 in Grantsburg, Wis. She passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Monday, Feb. 19, 2001 at the age of 61.
Evone was a wonderful homemaker with a reputation for the "best cinnamon rolls." She was an accomplished cook and good homemaker.
She is survived by her husband of over 26 years, Dan Reigles of Cortez; her children, Preston (Lisa) Woolery of Dolores; Wendell (Lucy) Woolery of Grand Junction, Colo.; Trent (Diana) Woolery of Cortez; Kurk (Teri) Woolery of Galena, Kan.; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Woolery; brother, Warren Selander; and a sister, Janice Selander.
Arrangements were handled by the Ertel Funeral Home.
Wallace Charles "Wally" Yeomans
Memorial services for Wallace Charles "Wally" Yeomans will be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Ertel Memorial Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Lynn Evans of the First United Methodist Church in Cortez will be officiating.
Wally was born to Horace and Maude (Ellis) Yeomans on April 30, 1908 in Prescott, Ariz. He passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital. He was 92.
Wally married Olivia "Maybelle" Lundquist in Bowie, Ariz. on Nov. 3, 1943 and began his career as an electrician for the Dept. of Water and Power in Los Angeles, Calif. He was a life-member of the Elks and was also a faithful member of the Methodist Church. He truly loved to fish, hunt, camp and make silver and turquoise jewelry.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maybelle Yeomans of Cortez; stepdaughter, Lillian O. Young; son, Edward (Pamela) Yeomans of Escondido, Calif.; three grandchildren, Scott and Andrew Yeomans of Escondido, and Kim Crosman of Clinton, Wash.; and one great grandson, Kyle Crosman of Clinton, Wash.
His parents preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions can be made with Hospice of Montezuma, 1108 N. Mildred Road, Cortez. Services are under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home.
Melborn Thomas "Mel" Gore
Services for Melborn Thomas "Mel" Gore are currently pending with the Ertel Funeral Home.
Mel Gore was born October 20, 1918 in Hereford, Tex. to William Franklin and Ora Ophelia (Preston) Gore. He passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez at the age of 82.
Mel moved with his family to southwest Colorado when he was 11 years old. His formal education was in the schools of Dolores County. Mel served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the Asian Pacific Theater from Aug. 1941 to Dec. 1945. He was proud of his military service and became a member of VFW Post #5181 in January 1951.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Russell Gore, Kenneth Callan, and Calvin Gore; and three nieces. Mel was never married, but he leaves to mourn his passing his brother, Al (Marge) Gore of Cortez; nephews, LeRoy (Joan) Gore of Dove Creek; Derwin (Shannon) Gore of Hayden, Colo., and Russell D. Gore of Grand Junction, Colo.; his nieces, Lynn (Courtney) Smith of Dove Creek and Billie Jean Tracy of Farmington, N.M.; many great-nephews and nieces and a grand host of friends.
For further service information, please contact the Ertel Funeral Home at 565-3468.
Ruth Edna Wilderson
Funeral services for Ruth Edna Wilderson will be held Friday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m., in the Ertel Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Summit Ridge Cemetery.
A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, at Ertel’s, between 3 and 7 p.m.
Ruth was born on Jan. 23, 1915 to Nick and Florence (Thomas) Holliday in Torrence County, N.M. She passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital at the age of 86.
Ruth's father was in the saw milling business, which moved their family several times. She married Rufus Wilderson on Aug. 10, 1932 in Aztec, N.M and they settled most of their married life in Montezuma County. She was a devoted wife and mother, always working hard for her family.
She loved to cook and bake. This love enabled her to work as a cook in restaurants and she eventually managed several. Upon retiring, she continued to bake for others.
She loved to work in her garden and keep a house full of beautiful plants. She gave her life to the Lord at the Baptist Church in Dolores and loved to serve others.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory; sons, Orval (Helen) Wilderson of Montrose, Colo. and Ralph Wilderson of Dolores; daughter, Geneva (Gordon) John of Beaver City, Neb.; sisters, Hazel Wilderson of Summit Ridge and Opal (Dave) Adair, of Milton-Freewater, Ore.; brother, Clyde (Earlene) Holliday of John Day, Ore.; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
She also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews and her dear friends Bob and Lois Koker who have given her much tender loving care in the past several years.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1985; her daughter, Ruth Opal Gilliland in 1991; sister, Ida Lattin; brothers, Tobe, Ralph, and Ira Holliday; and great-grandson, Ryan Skinner.
Memorial contributions may be made at Dolores State Bank, to the Holliday Scholarship Fund.
Arrangements are being handled through the Ertel Funeral Home. For further information, contact 565-3468.
Kaye Ann Cardell
Kaye Ann Cardell of Dolores passed away Feb. 7, 2001, at University Hospital in Denver, following a battle with leukemia.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2611 Junction Road, Durango, with the Rev. Timothy Evers officiating.
A reception will follow the service at the Durango Elks Lodge, at 5 p.m. Contact Jana Hanstedt at 247-7862 for more information.
Ms. Cardell was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Phoenix, to Milo and Verna Hanstedt.
She is survived by her daughter, Maelen Cardell of Denver; fiancé Jim Wagner and his children, of Dolores; brothers Lee, Barry and Michael Hanstedt; twin sister Karen Hanstedt, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gary Hanstedt, and sister, Sherry Lynn.